Macclesfield Blues 24 – 12 Blackheath

Macclesfield have been the better side in their in the last 2 matches against 2nd and 4th in the league, so 7th placed Blackheath must have been expecting a tough encounter and tough is what it proved to be as ‘Club’ found themselves 21-0 down at half time. The blues scored after 5 minutes from the electric Matt King breaking through from 35m out, and then a huge maul saw the blues pull further ahead through Sam Moss, on 17 mins. The home side were enjoying scrum supremacy and after turning the ball over at an opposition scrumming the red zone, and the Cheshire side’s resulting scrum pushed over, Parkinson touching down on the half hour. Blackheath threatened just before the break but Macc defended their 22 resolutely and looked in control 21-0.

After the break the home fans were really put through the ringer, with Blackheath grabbing the first score 5mins in when Liston made pressure tell, and nerves were really tested when a lose ball from Tom Eaton fell to winger Lloyd who ran it in (21-12). The Blues were put under massive pressure in the remainder, with only a penalty from 38m by Lewis Barker to alleviate the pressure. A huge set in the last 10 minutes saw the Blues hold the visitors off. Blackheath chucked it around at the end in pursuit of the bonus point but Macclesfield’s defence was immense.

Supporters the Cheshire club must be wondering what if with the form they have showed of late but either way they have showed they are no pushovers here.

Tries: King (5), Moss (17), Parkinson (30)
Conversions: Barker (x3)
Penalties: L. Barker (61)
Drop goals:

Tries: Liston (44), Lloyd (49)
Conversions: Cooke (x1)
Drop goals:

Attendance: 302
Referee: Dr Jonathan Cook
Half-time: 21-0
Star man: Billy Robinson (Macclesfield)
TEAMS (15-9, then 1-8)

MACCLESFIELD: Lomax, Hall, Brierley, L. Barker, King, Eaton, Allsop and Mantell, Moss, Robinson, Finnemore, Marwick, F. Barker, Parfitt, R. Parkinson. Replacements: Millea, Millar-Mills, O. Parkinson, Smith, Broster

BLACKHEATH: Mvlease, Chapman, Burcham (c), Pickersgill, Lloyd, Cooke, Bedding and Croall, Fry, Baker, Owen, Stradwick, Walker, Liston, Baldwin. Replacements: Haskins, Scutt, Gillanders, Whatling, Hamilton

Referee: Dr Jonathan Cook

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